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This is one of those hikes that could range from good too amazing. It all depends on how adventurous, agile, and athletic you are.


The hike is relatively easy to access. The private property factor didn't really hamper us at all. Here is our detailed journey...

If you don't go in the summer (like us) the camp is basically abandoned and you can probably park there. But just to be safe, we parked at the church just down the road from Torrey Pines Drive, then hiked back to Torrey pines drive (about 0.5 miles).

Next, follow Torrey Pines Drive all the way through the camp (you will pass a lake on your left). Keep going until the hill dips down and you will see a metal gate blocking off a paved road. Follow THAT paved road until it turns to a dirt trail. Keep on hiking up, eventually you will see a sign for HIDDEN FALLS.

Like another reviewer mentioned, it looks like its pointing you back, but its actually pointing at a super sharp switchback that goes straight up the mountainside to your right. The trail is visible, but almost looks like it could not be a trail lol. Just know at this point you are going straight up.

Hike up this steep hillside for a while and eventually you will see a rope going down in to the canyon. We thought the rope was too earlier and kept going. When the trail eventually ended we descended into the canyon through our own path. I don't recommend this. It was difficult...

Take the rope down. There is an obvious trail that leads to another rope nearby. Take the 2nd rope down into the canyon and you will be at "the falls".

Now, if you have some extra adventure in you, you can keep hiking up the falls. There are some beautiful and unique spots on the way up. It's not easy because its slippery and there are a ton of hidden loose rocks, but if you keep trekking up there is a gorgeous, massive tree on the hillside and some other really cool spots. Well worth it and my favorite part of the hike, personally. We went REALLY far up though.

In short, the main falls area (where the ropes take you) was okay, nothing too special. But, if you venture further up the canyon it makes it well worth it to see the unique trees and environment in general.

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2 days ago

Beautiful longer hike, through pine forests with scattered boulders. There was plenty of shaded areas and not too hot in November. We brought layers for the top and were glad we had them. As we hiked with a child, we all made sure to bring plenty of water and snacks as well, and of course our own garbage bag.

It is easy to end up off trail if you’re not paying close attention, especially with the sometimes rocky terrain. Make sure you plan your in and out time so you have daylight for your exit. It took us just over 5 hours with a child who needed many rests on the way up, actual hiking time was closer to 4 hours and just over 1.5hrs downhill.

No dogs allowed, and MUST GET A DAY PERMIT from the ranger station before you go. They’re located right in town in Idyllwild but closed Wednesday and Thursday so plan accordingly. Easy parking along highway. Not too crowded but there were definitely a lot of enthusiasts out so you’ll cross paths now and then.

Distance is a bit inaccurate, I measured on my Apple Watch, Strava, and here, and got 7.8mi, 8.4mi and 8.0mi here respectively. We wore our hiking boots which was very much appreciated in the rocky areas but tiring compared to lighter Merrell light hiking shoes. We’re accustomed to steep hiking at Runyon (West Loop the thigh and butt burner) but found this hike tiring towards the end as we normally do a little more than 3mi in and outs, and had to stop a lot for the kid, legs were definitely getting sore by the end although the hike itself is really quite easy-moderate for the most part.

Views at the top are definitely worth it and breathtaking! Watch your step if you’re going out on the ledges and not a climber, and for the love of god and your safety don’t take selfies standing on the edges in case of loss of balance.

We hiked from the entrance to the Pacific Crest Trail and back. The hike was about 7.2 miles and beautiful. The temperature was 66 degrees and the air was nice and cool.

our first time here great location very nice trail some difficulty going up on part of the trail otherwise it was easy take plenty of water we took stuff to snacks on their is also a place that makes some good bbq at the entrance to the park trail.

The vegetation, trail, and dramatic view point are all impressive. I enjoyed this better than Devil's Slide across the canyon.

Beautiful trail! We went from Mission Creek entrance to Whitewater Preserve, really nice 8 mile hike with water about 6 miles in to give your feet a refresh. That trail is not marked on all trails, go to the Whitewater preserve and grab a map for more info. Any hiking in either of these preserves is incredible. Highly recommend!

The view from the top is well worth the effort! I didn’t think the trail was too difficult, but you can feel the incline and the altitude may be bothersome if you aren’t accustomed to it. Parking wasn’t an issue for me around 3:30 on a Saturday although earlier in the day, it seemed to be pretty full. I did get off trail once, but it wasn’t that far before I realized my mistake and backtracked to the correct direction.

I did this hike solo on a Tuesday and it was exactly what I needed to get away from my busy and tiresome mom life! There were maybe 15 other hikers so not crowded at all. The climb was steady but not steep. As another reviewer pointed out, there are a few places where it might be easy to miss the trail but only if you don’t have a trained eye. Just keep following the footprints!

There’s a beautiful open, flatter area with big, tall pines near the top of the ridge before you turn off for Suicide Rock. This was probably my favorite part but the entire trail is just gorgeous.

Definitely bring water, snacks, and good shoes!

Also, the ranger station in Idyllwild is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays per the sign in their window so plan ahead to get a permit. Although I was not stopped, they do make it very clear you need one.

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22 days ago

This hike was fantastic! I consider myself a novice hiker and found the length and altitude a bit strenuous. However, the views at the top were well worth the trip!! My husband I started the hike at the Deer Springs Trailhead at 1:08pm, made it to Suicide Rock at 3:33pm (after multiple breaks) and completed our descent at 5:18pm this past weekend. Here are few takeaways that I’d tell anyone looking to do the hike:

1. First and foremost, you’ll need a wilderness permit to complete the hike. I ran into 2 park rangers who asked for our permits (safety reasons apparently). You’ll need to stop by the ranger station in town before heading up the mountain.
2. I had a hard time locating this trail on my GPS. The easiest place to locate is the Deer Springs Trailhead that takes you to Suicide Rock. There’s free parking along the highway.
3. Wear hiking boots!! My husband completed the hike in Nikes and he was sliding everywhere. You’ll thank me later.
4. Bring enough water and snacks to get you through the hike, especially during the Summer months.
5. Don’t forget your camera because the views (and even the hike up) are stunning.

This is definitely a hike you need to complete if you’re ever in Idyllwild! Happy hiking!

Some part of the trail is closed due to fire. But it is still nice. Trial is not easy for small dogs, lot of rocks. However, it is still nice. You can hear water fall while hiking which makes this trial wonderful.

Loved this hike! It had great views! Well worth the hike.

Dope trail dope views dope! there was snow towards the end but didn’t bring micro spikes so it was kind of sketchy.

Super beautiful place, there is plenty of water running in the stream along the side of the canyon wall. Went with the dogs and they had a blast too.

Great hike! Clearly marked, beautiful views, steady climb and well maintained!

Great hike, nice views, not too strenuous and beautiful weather

Stunning views. Easy hike.

Great hike. Beautiful with different views that are amazing. Trail is not rocky which I love. Some switch backs but not many. The peak is incredible. It can get windy but we got lucky and it was calm. The tower allows you to see forever views.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy trail with an incredible view at the top!!! It is starting to get a little cool at the top but it sure beats the summer heat!! Found a good spot for a hammock nap at the top too!

First off, here’s what my GPS (Garmin GPSMAP 64st) gave for distance and elevation gain... twice.

Mileage Round Trip: 15.49 miles
Elevation Gain: 4,876 feet

The reason the elevation gain’s so high is because the hike is a geographically anomaly described by grandparents as their walk to school... uphill both ways. Joking aside the ridge dips and gains a lot so be prepared for ups.

Spectacular trail with a bomb view of San Jacinto Peak a few miles in. This was my third time to the summit and definitely not my last. Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

Just did this hike in August and have to say I was surprised how easy it was. The trail is sometimes not marked well and you can get off trail very easily. So keep your eyes straight if not you will be off trail. The mileage is off a tad it was 7.1 miles round trip.

Hiked this back in March, I went solo and it was such a peaceful and beautiful hike. I saw maybe 6 others on the way up and less on the way down. I had the top to myself for a good 30 minutes. Be sure to just take a seat on the large surface rock and soak it all in. Offers some incredible views! Get a trail permit!

on Suicide Rock Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely trail, well maintained and easy to follow. Close to the top it’s harder to distinguish, so keep the canyon on your left and keep going up. Cool and nicely shaded, with great views throughout and then at the top. Seems well-travelled, and on a Thu the parking area was full by 11am when we returned. Took us 4 hrs, and measured out at close to 7.5 miles

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike - about 7 miles rather than 6.1 - took about an hour and 20 on the way up going at a good pace without stopping. Saves all the views for a beautiful reveal moment right at the end. Suicide rock seems appropriately named - watch out for the cliff edges!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail! Don’t forget to get your trail permit at the ranger station (we did, but luckily didn’t get asked), there are multiple reminders along the trail to have a permit. About 8.5 miles round trip took 3-3 1/2 hours round trip including a long stop at the top to enjoy the views. Highly recommend it if you’re in the area!

hiking
1 month ago

Don’t forget your permit! Good training trail. A lot of evenly spaced ascending sections. Start early on sunny summer days. The first half of the trail is pretty exposed.

hiking
1 month ago

Start Early. Started at the trailhead just after sunrise and we had the trail to ourselves all the way up. Coming down we passed more than 20+ hikers. Great views from the top. Leave yourself an hour in your planning to explore at the trail crest.

hiking
2 months ago

Description here is good and other reviews sum it up nicely - definitely a nice day hike.

Fun Labor Day weekend hike. Good solid uphill for 3 miles but beautiful views from the top. A bit hot today for my preference.

Steady gentle incline a good hike for conditioning about 20-25* cooler than rancho mirage and low desert

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